Earp hears a rumor in a bar that there is a $15,000 Army payroll going out on the stage. Back at his office Major Fletcher the Army paymaster is there to ask Earp's help in taking the $15,000 from Tombstone to Fort Breckinridge. The trip from Tombstone to Benson is by stage followed by a trip across the desert. Earp has Shotgun take horses and mules to Benson for the final leg of the trip. As the stage is loaded Earp mentions to Fletcher he has not kept their cargo secret. Fletcher has a shotgun on the stage along with himself and Earp. The other passengers include a young man named Ramon, a woman named Miss Crystal, and a man named Carp. As the stage approaches Benson six men try to stop the stage but Earp with agreement from Fletcher has the stage out run them. At Benson they meet Shotgun and Earp recommends they stay overnight and start out the next morning. That night Earp is awakened and finds Fletcher knocked out and tied up with Carp and the money missing. Earp decides to track... Written by
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When Wyatt had come to Arizona territory, it was wild and raw. Civilization was represented by the city of Tucson, a few turbulent mining town, like Tombstone, and a scattering of Army camps. Since the Apaches were a constant menace, travel was precarious, even for Wyatt Earp.